Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments

(RISE) grants challenge

With support from the RISE grants challenge, four projects across Central America, Central and Eastern Africa and South Asia are addressing gender-based violence in the environment sector.

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Meet the new cohort from the 2023 Call for Proposal!

Cultivating change and breaking barriers: Combatting gender-based violence through women’s cooperatives in Guatemala
This consortium’s proposed project features a pilot initiative with Guatemala’s newest, 100% Indigenous, rural, women-owned farming cooperative to address gender-based violence and to support the replication of effective intervention techniques through training, reflection, awareness building, and collaboration with other women-owned cooperatives.
RESIST: Women environmental human rights defenders in Nepal resisting gender-based violence
This project will address gender-based violence affecting marginalized women’s groups who are engaged in the protection, management, and use of community forests to enable their conservation of forest resources and uphold human rights.
Women RISE for Nature (WR4N)
The project will scale up and qualitatively expand a tenure rights- and gender-based violence monitoring and reporting tool that allows for decentralized reporting of rights violations to community-based organizations that will provide direct support to affected women.
Democratic Republic of Congo
RESOURCE-FUL Empowerment: Addressing violence for the green transition
This project builds upon a successful RISE pilot project called “Resource-ful Empowerment,” which uses grassroots community education and mobilization to address gender-based violence while promoting the environmental sustainability of mining in communities that produce “green energy” minerals.

Winners of the 2023 RISE grants challenge

IUCN, USAID and Norad announced the four winners of the 2023 RISE grants challenge on April 25, 2024. With support from the RISE grants challenge, four projects across Central America, Central and Eastern Africa and South Asia are addressing gender-based violence in the context of environmental conservation, resource use in climate-vulnerable settings and the protection of Indigenous women environmental human rights defenders.

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About the RISE grants challenge

Addressing gender-based violence and environment links

The Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Environments (RISE) grants challenge is a first-of-its-kind grant fund that supports activities designed to address gender-based violence and environmental linkages in environmental and climate-related programmes and generate evidence on promising interventions. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the RISE grants challenge is a direct response to key research findings by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on gender-based violence and environment linkages. Gender-based violence is used across environment sectors to assert control over land and natural resources and can be exacerbated in the context of degradation and biodiversity loss caused by climate change, extractive industries and environmental crimes; with women environmental human rights defenders experiencing targeted risks. Investment is urgently needed to implement solutions that address these serious risks, fill critical knowledge, facilitate cooperation and catalyse investment in this nexus. USAID, Norad and IUCN’s partnership through the RISE grants challenge directly addresses these key international development priorities.

A Platform for Innovative Interventions

Showcasing Interventions and Sharing Knowledge

Winners of the RISE grants challenge contribute new learning to the global community on how to include gender-based violence considerations and prevention measures within environment programming. RISE grantees have their work featured by the Gender-Based Violence and Environment Linkages Center (GBV-ENV Center), access networking opportunities, and receive technical assistance to support the proposed activity in achieving measurable results and impacts.

In natural resources sectors and contexts, preventing and addressing GBV is critical for healthy and sustainable environments as well as for realising women’s empowerment and gender equality outcomes. The RISE grants challenge uniquely identifies and implements interventions to reduce and prevent GBV in environmental programming and environment-related projects. Learning materials are then produced based on the work of the grantees, to be distributed as a tool that others may implement into their projects.

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2024 Call for Proposal

2024 RISE grants challenge winners are supported to incentivize organisations to adapt and implement promising or proven practices that have been used to effectively prevent and respond to GBV in other sectors to environmental programming.

These rounds of the RISE grants challenge draw insights from other development and humanitarian sectors that have proven or promising practices to address GBV. It spurs partnerships between environmental organisations, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations, and gender and GBV experts who can help bridge knowledge gaps and work to build an evidence base of effective GBV interventions. IUCN provides targeted and specific technical support while distilling and sharing experiences from RISE to inform environmental programming.

Starting now, in 2024, IUCN is running a new call for proposals under AGENT and the GBV-ENV Center. The application window for the RISE grants challenge is currently open. Click the image to learn how to submit an application.

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Current and Past RISE grants challenge winners

Meet the fourteen winners of the RISE grants challenge since 2023. These projects have done critical work in Cambodia, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Philippines Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. The activities were designed to address GBV in environmental contexts and generated learning and evidence on promising interventions. Read the RISE Challenge Report 2019-2022 for more on impacts and lessons learnt from some of the interventions.

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